||1839-D $2 1/2 AU58 NGC. CAC. Winter 1-A, Variety 26, R.3. There are several interesting parallels to be noted between the 1839 quarter eagle and the 1839-D issue. First: Both were struck from defective and/or recut dies, leaving the 9 in the date to appear to be struck over an 8. In the past, reference works have characterized the 1839 and 1839-D issues as 1839/8 overdates, and some coins have been sold or certified as such. Second: Like the 1838-C, both issues are absolutely rare based upon the number of coins graded by NGC and PCGS; and both seem to be underrated. The current example is surprisingly lustrous for an AU coin, and displays a combination of antique-gold and rose coloration over each side. The design elements are well struck, and attractive. Census: 17 in 58, 12 finer (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $19975.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.